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Downtown Orlando Testing Out Public Restrooms-on-Wheels

Updated: Nov 24, 2019

The City of Orlando Community Redevelopment Agency (Website) intends to make a total of 6 non-permanent public bathrooms available to residents and visitors in the Downtown area as part of a year-long pilot program called the DTO Go.


It will include the deployment of both a Two-Stall Trailer and an ADA Compliant Portable Toilet at two locations in downtown Orlando for a period of six months (December 2019 until May 2020).


One location will be near the Jefferson Garage and the second location will be at the southwest corner of the intersection of Pine Street and Court Avenue.


After the initial six (6) month period, each trailer and toilet will be re-positioned to two new locations from May 2020 until December 2020, with one location at the southeast corner of the intersection of Central Boulevard and Rosalind Avenue and the second location at the northwest corner of the intersection of Wall Street and Rosalind Avenue.


The overall cost associated with the DTO Go Pilot Program is $505,000 for the one-year pilot.


The main objective of this pilot program is to alleviate the issue while allowing the CRA to investigate long term solutions.


The reason for the restrooms is the observance of and dealing with "protein incidents" throughout the downtown area by both the CRA’s Downtown Orlando Ambassadors and the CRA’s Downtown Clean Team. The CRA feels the cause of this is a lack of available public restroom facilities in the Downtown Area.


It is expected that at commencement of the program, the facilities will be open for use from the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday, the program will operate from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and then reopen from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.


The locations and hours may be altered at various times during the pilot program as needed or as determined to be appropriate based on feedback and ongoing outcomes of the pilot program’s operation.


Upon deployment, each public restroom and toilet will have a customized exterior and a sign that features the dates and the hours of operation of the DTO Go Pilot Program.


The public bathrooms will be provided by United Site Services. An attendant, from Good Source Staffing Services, LLC, will be at each location to provide janitorial services and monitor the restrooms.


This program goes before the CRA Advisory Board November 20th. If the board approves the pilot program, it will move to City Council on December 9th for a vote.



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